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Court Orders Re-Arrest of Orji Osita, Pharmacist Indicted in Cynthia Osokogu’s Murder

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On Monday, November 26th 2012, news of the unconditional release of the two pharmacists who were accused of selling Rohpynol Flunitrazepam – a sedative, without proper prescription to the murderers of Cynthia Osokogu in Lagos was disseminated, eliciting a range of responses from Nigerians. While some people were happy saying the Pharmacists were innocent, others said they should have known better than to sell such drugs to people without proper prescription.

However, in another twist to the story, a Yaba Magistrate’s Court, Lagos on Tuesday ordered the re-arrest of Orji Osita, one of the pharmacists accused in the murder case.

According to Punch, Justice Adeniyi Onigbanjo, of an Ikeja High Court, had on November 20, 2012 released Osita and the other Pharmacist, Maduakor Chukwunonso after they filed an application to enforce their fundamental human rights.

But at the hearing of the DPP’s advice on Tuesday before Magistrate Olalekan Aka-Bashorun, the officer in charge of the Legal Department of the State Criminal Investigation Department of the Lagos State Police Command, Chukwu Agwu, said the police had another charge for Osita.

He said, “Following the latest advice, we have another charge for the third defendant (Osita) and I don’t know why he (Osita) and the fourth defendant Chukwunonso are not in court today.”

He denied the knowledge that a high court had freed the two pharmacists and asked the court to order the re-arrest of Osita.

In view of this situation, I urge this honourable court to invoke Section 79 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law of Lagos State and order the arrest of Osita so that he can face the new charge against him.”

The Magistrate, after hearing arguments from the prosecution and the lawyer of Osita and Chukwunonso agreed that Osita should be re-arrested. “Section 79 is hereby invoked and law enforcement agents should compel his attendance before this court at the next adjourned date.”

Chris Obiaka, lawyer of Osita and Chukwunonso, however argued that the DPP who purportedly issued the second advice was duly represented at the Ikeja High Court on November 20, 2012 and did not raise an objection to their “unconditional release.”

This is quite confusing. After being released unconditionally, the police comes up with “another charge” for one of the Pharmacists. The development has again raised people’s doubts on the ability of the Nigerian Judicial System to deliver justice on this case.

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at www.deolascope.blogspot.com

14 Comments

  1. Laila Ikeji

    November 28, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    God is on our side at the end of the day. Aint gonna lose hope of seeing justice prevailing in ds matter at the end of all ds.
    http://www.LailaIkeji.com

  2. i no send

    November 28, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    na wa

  3. femmelounge

    November 28, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    they were given unconditional release and now they are being re-arrested? it is really confusing.

  4. Scarlet Xianne

    November 28, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    Na wa o. Just when I was thinking this matter won’t go the way of others….chei!

  5. OLA

    November 28, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    nigeria with all this shit.. of injustice…more entertainment gist and celebrity lifestyle here at http://www.gistyinka.com

  6. Iris

    November 28, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    Nna, are the authorities confused?

  7. mikel

    November 28, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    Dats nonsense,why now?they suppose to brought forward all the charges initially,why after the court gave them unconditional release,i think somthing is wrong wit our judiciary really,automatically they ve been compromised,there judgement will be biased,we re all aware dat nigeria dnt ve regulations when it comes to drug purchases,u can buy any drug at any chemist or pharmarcy near u,so i dnt think those guys ve a case .

    • ms_dee

      November 28, 2012 at 9:52 pm

      Don’t usually comment, but damn you need brighter grammer

    • Idak

      November 29, 2012 at 12:01 pm

      The harm that BBM and Whatsup applications have brought upon this generation can not be easily quantified.
      I actually developed a migraine reading that. Thank God for the happy pills i’m on.

    • Idak

      November 29, 2012 at 12:02 pm

      Whatsapp i meant.

  8. tezy

    November 28, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    And if i may ask what is the new charge against this pharmacist. Is a prescription required for Rohypnol in Nigeria ‘cos if it isn’t i don’t know why those pharmacists were arrested in the first place.

  9. linsey

    November 29, 2012 at 3:20 am

    lol…lmao

  10. tbn

    November 29, 2012 at 11:09 am

    It shouldn’t be confusing now, that is the law for you and there is nothing wrong about it. Those pharmacists were released before based on a previous charge and they cant be rearrested on that same charge again. However another charge has been brought against them, it is only right for the court to ask for their rearrest so that the charge can be proved in court.

  11. martins

    December 1, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    I have keenly followed ds matter uptil now nd i dnt see d rational 4 re-arresting Osita nd if dat its done,it means d officers incharge of ds matter have being compromised even as i praise them 4 der gallantry;because they charged them alongside d mean culprits nd why demanding 4 d re-arrest of Osita? Well time shall tell nd we are waiting 2 hear d new charge

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